A sense of health
A SENSE OF HEALTH
Health is so much more than the absence of disease. True health is having an abundance of balanced energy. It is a feeling of true vitality. Being fully healthy is more than eating foods that are good for you. A balanced approach to health includes nourishing your senses and getting back in touch with nature.
What you take in with your eyes ,ears, skin (touch)and mouth(food)can impact your mind and body health. That’s why getting out in nature daily is so good for your total health and well-being. Listen to the birds chirping and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, the breeze through your hair. Walk in the grass and let the earth massage your feet. When you let nature engage your senses, it can calm your nervous system and channel your thoughts to be “in the moment”.
The earth is like a gigantic battery that contains a natural subtle electrical charge by walking barefoot in the grass, sand, dirt you reconnect with it. By “grounding” it helps protect your body by reducing inflammation and stress help you feel more connected with the Earths energy , bringing a sense of focus and alignment.
Light is another very important factor in setting our body clock or circadian rhythm. Back in the day before artificial lighting humans would wake with the sunrise getting your fix of morning light every day keeping their biological clock on point. Sadly, many people rely on artificial light to start and end their day leaving minimal outdoor time to get good quality sunlight, this reeks havoc on your circadian rhythm and your overall health. Sunlight and darkness trigger the release of hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight increases the brains release of the hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. At night, darker lighting triggers the brain to make another hormone called melatonin. This hormone is responsible for helping you sleep. Stepping outdoors is ideal. Make it a priority to go outside when you get out of bed every day and bask in the morning rays, get your pure vitamin D. At night, turn off the TV and turn down your phones at least an hour before bedtime.
Our sensory impressions determine the quality of our thoughts and emotions. If we want greater physical and emotional well-being, true health ,we can use sounds, feelings, sights, tastes, and smells to balance and heal ourselves, what better way to do that ,than being outside in nature.
Mari Beth Nicastro-Price